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Twins fire Paul Molitor

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The Minnesota Twins have fired Paul Molitor. They will have a new manager for the 2019 season.

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Twins have had “productive conversations” with Molitor about transitioning to a different role in the organization, however, so it’s not like they’re kicking him to the curb. They still gotta pay him too, of course, as they still owe him $3.25 million over the next two years thanks to a contract extension granted last offseason.

Molitor led the Twins for four seasons. In that time they went 305-343, yo-yoing between pretty good, terrible, pretty good and disappointing in that time. They won 85 games and the Wild Card last year — winning Molitor the Manager of the Year Award — and there were high hopes heading into 2018 as a result. Those hopes went unfulfilled and that’s what cost Molitor his job, it would seem.

Molitor was a Hall of Fame player, a long time coach and instructor, and anyone who knows much about him can tell you that his baseball IQ — and general IQ — is extraordinarily high. He never got more than expected out of his club, however, and half the time got much less. It’s also worth noting that he was not hired by the current Twins baseball operations team, led by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine, and baseball ops teams like to have their own guys. As such, he likely had a shorter leash than other mangers might.

The Twins, it would seem, would be in the market for a motivator.

 

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”